Parking Pricing in San Francisco May Reach $18/hour
According to KTVU, this $18 parking fee will only be used when demand parking is at a very high rate, such as during Fleet Week when the Navy is in town. Otherwise, the charges for parking will vary from $0.25 per hour up to $6.
The system works using sensors in the parking meters that monitor the available space for parking and due to this, the fee for one hour of parking will de dictated according to received demand.
The project will be named SF Park and it has funds to run for two years as it’s a federally-funded experiment.
“We're really excited about this new project, SF Park. We'll be launching it on the 21st,” said Nathaniel Ford, spokesman for the San Francisco Municipal Transportation Agency.
The goal of this whole project is to reduce traffic on the streets of San Francisco, but we it might very well have the goal to empty residents' pockets or force them to use the public means of transportation.
“By steering you as quickly as possible to available on-street parking or off-street parking at garages by clearing up traffic, we reduce congestion, cut down on emissions and speed up Muni,” Nathaniel Ford said.
The program includes six districts, 6,000 parking meters and 19 municipal garages.
“The MTA feels it’s our baby,” Nathaniel Ford said. “We are the one city in our country and internationally doing this pilot we’ve attracted attention around the world to see how this technology can be used in urban environments,” he concluded.